The Carol Services once again have been hugely atmospheric occasions led by the Chaplain, Revd Gary Dobbie and his team of readers, and the school’s superb Chapel Choir.
Shrewsbury’s sixty strong Chapel Choir was joined by twenty boy trebles from Shrewsbury High Prep School for an uplifting sequence blending familiar carols with less well known pieces. Highlights of the nine carol-anthems sung by the choir included Rachmaninov’s haunting ‘Bogoroditsye dyevo’, Lauridsen’s luminous ‘O magnum mysterium’ and Sweelinck’s festive ‘Hodie Christus natus est’. Alex Mason, Director of the Chapel Choir, was full of praise for his young singers: ‘I’ve been really impressed with the choir’s professionalism and their sheer enjoyment of singing has shone through in this music.’ There were also star turns from a talented team of young soloists: Sienna Holmes, Meredith Lloyd, Teresa Fawcett Wood, Laurence Jeffcoate, George Fowler and Sam Ansloos.
In addition to the wonderful singing the school brass ensemble provided stirring support in the congregational carols and Ali Webb and Daisy McConnell gave fine percussion cameos in the choir’s penultimate carol ‘Tomorrow shall be my dancing day’ by John Gardner.